LG HX906TX review

Cracking picture and lots of smart features, but too many other flaws Tested at £800

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Our Verdict

A nice idea that’s sadly let down by flawed implementation – you can buy better

For

  • Nice looks
  • lots of smart features
  • cracking picture
  • 3D sound mode really fills the room

Against

  • Sounds a bit bright and hard with 3D sound turned on, and gappy with it turned off

Extended surround sound. It sounds great, but finding room for five speakers and a subwoofer can be tough enough, so adding even more is a stretch too far for many.

That’s why the LG HX906TX seems such a sweet deal. Those four, lovely looking speakers have extra, upward-firing drivers to create a 9.1 sound field from what would normally be considered a 5.1 system.

It really fills the room with sound
The good news is that it works, at least to an extent. Turn the 3D Sound mode on and those upward firing drivers spring into life and, thanks to a “360° Reflector”, send sound up and out to fill the room from floor to ceiling.

Play the battle of Khazad-dum scene from the first Lord of the Rings Blu-ray, and the expansive surround field recreates the massive caves in style.

The problem is that it also sounds rather bright, so the sword-on-sword action can grate. Interestingly, switching 3D Sound off cures this, and results in a far nicer tonal balance.

Unfortunately the speakers struggle to disperse sound properly without those extra drivers, so you end up with big gaps in the surround field.

Superb detail, definition and motion

So, it doesn’t sound as good as it should with 3D Sound turned on or off, but at least the picture is excellent, with superb detail, definition and motion, in both 2D and 3D.

LG’s smart offering is better than most, too, with a bustling app store as well as the BBC iPlayer, Acetrax, YouTube and, in the near future, Blinkbox.

However, if you want all that you can get it from another LG, the HX976TZW – and that sounds better, too.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberHX906TX
Product NameLG HX906TX
Product ModelHX906TX

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of HDMI Inputs2
iPod SupportedYes
Component VideoYes
USBYes

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
3D Type3D
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Audio

RMS Output Power1125 W
Speaker Configuration5.1
Sound SystemDTS, Dolby Digital

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes

Video

Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, VC-1, VC-9, DivX, DivX HD, MKV, AVCHD, M4V, WMV, XviD